There are lots of opportunities with archives around the world to get involved online and volunteer a small amount of your time to help archives with particular projects that they may be undertaking.
And if you get a taste for archives, and become interested in volunteering in person, many local archives have regular volunteer programmes. Get in touch with them directly to find out more. View our Archives Map to find contact details for your local archive (remember not all Scottish archives are listed yet, so do search wider if you can’t find what you’re looking for).
Are there any online voluntary archival projects that we have not included? Let us know at email@example.com.
American National Archives: Undertake set ‘transcription missions’ or create your own.
AnnoTate: Transcribe artists’ papers & sketchbooks of artists held by the Tate.
ArcHIVE: Join the community, transcribe documents and earn points.
The Australian War Memorial: Transcribe documents in the Memorial’s collection.
Discovering Deeds: Latin readers can help Cheshire Archives to translate Medieval Deeds
Europeana Transcribathon: Volunteer to transcribe unique, unpublished, records from WWI.
FreeBMD: Transcribe the registration index of births, marriages and deaths.
Measuring the ANZACs: Transcribe World War I personnel files from Archives New Zealand
The Real Face of White Australia: Transcribe records of people living under the White Australia Policy
Shakespeare’s World: Transcribe manuscripts created by thousands of men and women.
The Smithsonian: Volunteer and transcribe historical documents and biodiversity data.
Transcribe Bentham: Transcribe the manuscripts of Jeremy Bentham, philosopher & reformer.
Transcribing Faith: Uncover the history of private religion by transcribing manuscripts.
World Archives Project: Download the World Archives Project software and transcribe.